LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

For more than 40 years, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services has provided dedicated service to the enterprise of state government. Our core mission is to capture operational efficiencies, ensure legal compliance, improve workforce performance and provide enterprise leadership, business services and solutions to state government.

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SHAWN RYAN

Commissioner

Department of Administrative Services

Shawn Ryan was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services by Governor Nathan Deal on October 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ryan was the president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers the state’s post-secondary scholarship, grant and financial aid programs. He previously served as the director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System, the largest information technology project in state history, and as director of communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Mr. Ryan has more than a decade of experience in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Mr. Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atlanta and are parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King.

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GWEN MIDDLETON

Executive Assistant

Department of Administrative Services

Gwen Middleton, CAP, is the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Department of Administrative Services (DOAS); responsible for supporting the Commissioner and his direct reports as needed, and serving as a liaison to internal and external agency customers. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Middleton served for nearly 30 years in various administrative support roles in the private sector and for non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant to the Church of the Apostles Director of Women’s Ministry. She also worked for locally owned businesses, and in retail and commercial banking.

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THORNE BROWN

Chief of Staff

Department of Administrative Services

Thorne Brown serves as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). Prior to joining DOAS in February 2017, Mr. Brown was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Georgia Department of Community Health where he oversaw and prioritized allocation of a $13 billion annual budget among agency internal efforts, partnerships and participants. He also worked for the Georgia Department of Revenue where he managed internal audits, and for the Governor’s Office for Children and Families where he served as Finance Director and managed all human resource, strategic planning and procurement functions. Mr. Brown is the Chairman and former Treasurer for the Board of Directors of Georgia Cares. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, and later earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Operations Management from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.

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JILL TATUM

Assistant Commissioner

Communications

Jill Tatum joined the DOAS in October 2016, as the Assistant Commissioner of Communications. Ms. Tatum brings 16 years of experience and leadership with the State of Georgia, most recently as the Division Director for the Fiscal Management Division in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) and previously as the Director of the Georgia Senate Research Office. Prior to moving to Georgia in 2000, she worked 10 years with the Florida House of Representatives and spent several years as an accountant supervisor with the Florida Department of Banking and Finance. Ms. Tatum earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Florida State University.

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ROBERT BENDER

Director

DOAS Human Resources

Bob Bender serves as Director of Human Resources for DOAS, and has over 20 years of senior HR leadership experience in private industry supporting high tech, financial services, consulting services, and business services environments. Prior to joining DOAS, he served as the Regional Vice President for HudsonMann, a human resources outsourcing firm. Mr Bender earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio University, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Executive MBA program at Georgia State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

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GINA TIEDEMANN

Deputy Commissioner

Operations

Gina Tiedemann, CPM, serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, which includes Risk Management Services, Office of Fleet Management, Surplus Property, and Administration. Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Tiedemann was the Director of Customer Advocacy for the State Purchasing Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Tiedemann served as the Team Georgia Connection Director at the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA). Prior to that, she was the GeorgiaNet Division Director at GTA. Ms. Tiedemann has worked for the state of Georgia in various leadership capacities since 1984. Ms. Tiedemann earned a Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration in Management Science from the University of Georgia.

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WADE DAMRON

Director

Risk Management Services

Wade Damron joined DOAS in August 2014 as the Risk Management Services Division Director. He has a wealth of experience in the risk management and insurance field from his time as a consultant, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Services for United Health Services, Inc., and corporate risk manager for Speedway Group where he developed and implemented safety programs. Mr. Damron is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in risk management and insurance. He is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Public Risk and Insurance Management Association (PRIMA), and State Risk and Insurance Management Association (STRIMA).

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STEVE EKIN

Director

Surplus Property

Steve Ekin serves as the Director of the Surplus Property Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Ekin was the Director of Operations for an international import company where he was responsible for daily operations and logistics of a high volume distribution/manufacture facility. Mr. Ekin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Professional Property Administrator from the National Property Management Association. He is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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ED FINNEGAN

Director

Fleet Management

Ed Finnegan serves as the Director of Office of Fleet Management. Prior to joining DOAS full time, Mr. Finnegan was a contractor setting up the in-house Auto Liability Program. Since joining the state, he has overseen the Report My Driving Program, created two safety/coverage videos viewed by over 65,000 state employees, revamped the Recovery Program, and supervised the Indemnification Program as well as the Unemployment Program. Mr. Finnegan has a Bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and has spent nearly 40 years involved in Risk Management and Fleet issues.

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MIRNA BARKER

Director of Enterprise Learning

Administration

Mirna Barker joined DOAS on March 1, 2016 as the Director of Enterprise Learning. Prior to rejoining the agency, she worked for Dearborn Advisors as a Director of Education and Training and served as DOAS’s Chief Learning Officer. Ms. Barker has extensive experience in developing and driving training and education strategies; design, development and implementation of training and certification programs; and development and implementation of project management tools and processes. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Universidad Centro Occidental University, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia.

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PAULETTE PETTY

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting / Budget / Procurement

Paulette Petty serves as the Chief Financial Officer for DOAS. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Petty held the position of Assistant Director of Fiscal Services for the Department of Human Resources where she oversaw all fiscal functions. She has 14 years experience working with State agencies in the field of finance. During her service to DOAS, Ms. Petty has helped establish the development of a new state agency, Georgia Aviation Authority, and directed efforts to improve internal controls and financial reporting. Paulette earned a Mansfield Business College Diploma in Business Administration/Accounting, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DeVry University, and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management.

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JOHN BARMANN

Chief Information Officer

Information Technology

John Barmann serves as Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for DOAS. He is an experienced leader with a strong background in both technology and business management. He has spent the majority of his 18 years in the IT field identifying the technology needs for organizations, designing solutions, and managing delivery. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University and has certifications in both Six Sigma and ITIL.

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KRISTINE SPLIETH

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Information Technology

Kristine Splieth serves as Deputy Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for business integration for DOAS. She has over 25 years of experience with a background in both technology applications and business management for both healthcare and government entities. She has spent the majority of her 25 years in the IT field identifying the functional needs for organizations, designing solutions, and managing delivery and adoption. Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree of Nursing from the University of Wisconsin.

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LISA EASON

Deputy Commissioner

State Purchasing

Lisa Eason serves as Deputy Commissioner of Procurement. A 20-year veteran of the State of Georgia, she previously worked as the Assistant Commissioner of Administration, Executive Director of Administrative Services and Director of Accounting for the Technical College System of Georgia. She also served as Accounting Manager for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and Auditor for the Department of Audits and Accounts. An experienced leader with a wealth of knowledge in budget and finance, purchasing, support services and accounting operations, Ms. Eason earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the State University of West Georgia, and a Master's degree from the University of West Georgia.

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JAN PYTELEWSKI

Deputy State Purchasing Officer

State Purchasing Division

Jan Pytelewski was named Deputy State Purchasing Ofiicer for DOAS State Purchasing Division in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Pytelewski served as the Director of Agency Sourcing for State Purchasing, which provides advice, guidance and subject-matter expertise to customers in such areas as delegated purchasing authority, complex solicitations and sole source postings over $500,000. Ms. Pytelewski has been a successful practitioner of strategic sourcing concepts and the application of procurement best practices for over 25 years. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Pytelewski held Procurement and Supply Management leadership positions with BellSouth Telecommunications, AT&T and SunTrust Bank. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and her Master’s from Georgia State University. In addition, Ms. Pytelewski has earned her certification as a Business Performance Coach from Kennesaw State University.

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GERALD SCHAEFER

Director of Audits and Compliance

State Purchasing Division

Gerald Schaefer joined DOAS in June 2015. He is responsible for cost recovery audits and administrative fee reviews. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Schaefer worked as a performance auditor in the Georgia Department of Audits, and as an internal auditor for the City of Atlanta Auditor’s Office, and for the Georgia Department of Education. He has over 20 years of auditing experience and holds the following professional certifications: certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified fraud examiner, certified information systems auditor, and certified government auditing professional. Mr. Schaefer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

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MARY SCRUGGS

Director of Policy and Training

State Purchasing Division

Mary Scruggs joined DOAS as the Director of Policy, Training and Outreach on October 1, 2017. Ms. Scruggs is an experienced attorney with an extensive background in state government procurement policies and processes, contracting and negotiations, large scale project management and implementation, and state and federal regulatory compliance. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Scruggs served in various leadership positions with the Department of Community Health, including Director of Business Operations for the Medicaid Division, Division Chief of Healthcare Facility Regulation, and Contracts Attorney. She also served six years as an attorney in the DOAS Office of Legal Services, a freelance legal writer and a law clerk with the Augusta Superior Court. Ms. Scruggs has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgia State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law.

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DEBBIE SMITH

Deputy Commissioner

Human Resources Administration

Debbie Smith is the Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources Administration and has over 30 years of experience in human resources. Prior to joining DOAS in January 2017, Ms. Smith served as Director of Human Resources for Georgia Technology Authority for nine years and worked for Wachovia Bank for 25 years, retiring as Vice President, Senior Human Resources Business Partner. Among her responsibilities were strategic consulting, high performance team development and management, employee relations, executive coaching and consulting, career counseling, selection and retention, and compensation. She led all aspects of human resources as the company integrated various lines of business. Ms. Smith is certified as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). While at Wachovia, she completed the company’s Senior Management Development program at Duke University, earning a professional MBA. She also earned certification as a diversity practitioner and executive coach. Ms. Smith served as the 2015 Chair of the Council for State Personnel Administration. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Marketing from Georgia State University.

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KATY TOWNSEND

Director

Policy and Compliance

Katy Townsend serves as Director of Policy and Compliance within DOAS’ Human Resources Administration Division. This division provides statewide Human Resources policy consultation, maintains the rules of the State Personnel Board, conducts statewide Human Resources auditing, and manages the state’s substance abuse testing, Reduction-in-Force, and Medical and Physical Examination Programs. Prior to joining the Human Resources Administration, Ms. Townsend served as DOAS’ Chief Policy and Employee Relations Officer. With more than 20 years of state service, she has worked in various human resources roles with the former Department of Human Resources, Department of Labor, and Department of Administrative Services, concentrating primarily in policy and employee relations. A graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, Ms. Townsend holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

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NICOLE LONG

Director

Compensation and Benefits

Nicole Long serves as the Compensation and Benefits Director for the DOAS HRA Division, and has worked in a variety of HR roles in the private and public sectors over the course of nearly 30 years. She has deep compensation knowledge and experience, including general HR program knowledge, and policy, compliance, and leadership experience from her former role as an HR Director. Ms. Long holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wesleyan College and a Master's degree with a focus in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Georgia State University.

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BO McDANIEL

Director

Enterprise Talent Management Services

Bo McDaniel serves as the Director of Enterprise Talent Management Services for the Human Resources Administration Division of DOAS. His areas of responsibility include performance management, strategic workforce consulting, enterprise talent management and temporary staffing. Mr. McDaniel has extensive public and private sector human resources leadership experience. Prior to joining DOAS, he served in various roles within the state and federal governments, including Human Resources Director for the Georgia Department of Labor, and as a federal civilian HR contractor for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Department of Labor. He also held Human Resources Director positions with WebMD, Professional Distribution Services, Fiesta Texas Theme Park, and Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Mr. McDaniel has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from West Georgia College.

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REBECCA SULLIVAN

General Counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs

Legal

Rebecca Sullivan joined DOAS in May 2014 as General Counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs. Ms. Sullivan is responsible for the legal department and all legal matters affecting the state’s enterprise procurement, risk management, human resources, fleet management and surplus property business units. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Sullivan practiced law with the Political Law Group, a Chalmers LLC, served as a policy advisor and executive counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, and practiced labor and employment law with Elarbee, Thompson in Atlanta. She is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from the UGA School of Law.

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McCALL GINSBERG

Deputy General Counsel

Legal

McCall Ginsberg joined DOAS in June 2014 as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Ginsberg Served as Assistant Legal Counsel and directed contracting and procurement functions for the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. She served as Legal Aide to the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives during the 2001 and 2002 legislative sessions. Ms. Ginsberg is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a JD from the UGA School of Law.